Whāriki: Mental health and addictions CONSULTATION CLOSED

Whāriki: He Huarahi ki Mua - A Way Forward for Mental health and addictions

Te Tairāwhiti Public Consultation NOW CLOSED

In 2019 and 2020, whānau, communities and service providers contributed to a review of funded mental health and addiction services in Te Tairāwhiti.   Thank you.   

This helped us develop Whāriki - a new way of working together to support whānau needing mental health and addiction support.    

Whāriki is a framework that places whānau wellbeing at the very centre of all our activities.   

It outlines a proposal to organise services so that everyone can confidently get help when and where they need it no matter where or who they are.        

Before we adopt Whāriki, we want to hear from you to refine further our proposal for mental health and addictions in Te Tairāwhiti.    


Key Documents

Whāriki: He Huarahi ki Mua  - A way forward for mental health and addictions in Te Tairāwhiti (PDF 3.14 MB)


Media Releases

22 March 2021: A way forward for mental health and addictions support


We heard that whānau...

  • are not accessing help prior to escalation and crisis
  • are turned away because they don’t meet the ‘criteria’ of different services
  • feel whakamā when engaging with service providers
  • are frustrated by long waitlists and ‘wrong door’ experiences
  • have to repeat their stories to different workers and service providers.


We heard of...

Complexity - a disconnect across different parts of the service system that hinders
timely and relevant support, including help with related issues such as family violence.

Inconsistent treatment and response from clinicians and specialists who ‘know best’
and do not listen to whānau.

Social and environmental issues such as lack of housing, lack of transport,
unemployment, poverty, and lack of food, adding to whānau distress, isolation, and ill health.

A workforce that feels ill-equipped, under-resourced and unsupported to respond
to the levels of need and distress present in the community.

The prevalence of racism and discrimination at all levels of the system hinders
whānau uptake of safe, relevant and quality health care and support.


 What is proposed?

  • A shared vision and purpose 
  • Seven areas to help us move from the current state towards a shared vision and purpose 
  • Six whānau level indicators
  • ways of working together to support how we plan, resource and deliver health care and support
  • Building strong foundations
  • Values-based approaches help to establish shared standards of behaviour
  • Five priorities
  • Whāriki - a framework to deliver equitable health outcomes to all whānau in Te Tairāwhiti

These are all outlined in this document  Whāriki: He Huarahi ki Mua - A Way Forward.


Consultation Timeline 

Submissions closed on Sunday 18 April 2021

The summary report will be published in July 2021

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